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The past is our legacy; the future is our promise

Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of Jewish life in our community by sponsoring a wide range of programs as designated by its funds.  It serves our entire Jewish community regardless of affiliation and can also be used as a vehicle to make Jewish contributions to the general community. 

The Foundation is designed to give all members of the Jewish community the opportunity to make a gift that will eventually support the causes they feel are important.  Because only the earnings of an endowment fund are used, your gift will have impact for many years to come.

Through the generosity of the Champaign-Urbana residents who want to ensure the vibrancy and viability of our community, several funds have been established and supported through donations.

The CUJEF General Fund consists of all unrestricted gifts.  This fund allows the Board of Directors maximum flexibility in allocating endowment earnings to the areas of greatest need as they may change from year to year.  A strong General Fund is the backbone of the endowment program.

Contributions may be made to the Endowment Foundation in a variety of ways, such as:  Cash, Bequest in a Will, Life Insurance Policy, Bonds, Stocks, Real Estate, etc.  Gifts can be made to the unrestricted General Fund, to existing Restricted Funds, or to establish a new fund.

All gifts to CUJEF are tax-deductible.

The Foundation welcomes gifts of any amount.  Donations made in honor or in memory of friends and family will be acknowledged in writing to the appropriate persons.  All gifts and bequests, restricted or unrestricted, can be put to good use and are deeply appreciated.

See links to pages below for lists of the existing Endowment Funds.

Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Foundation (CUJEF)
Application for Funds

CUJEF accepts applications throughout the year, but meets to review requests three times per year. Completed applications may be sent to CUJEF, 503 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820, emailed to, or faxed to (217) 367-0077. If faxing or for more information, please call (217) 367-9872.

To download an application form click on the applicable link below

Individual Application




CUJEF Organizational Application